Danny Green is back as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and these are three other players we wish we would’ve seen come back.
The Cleveland Cavaliers brought back former 2009 NBA Draft Pick, Danny Green after a nearly 14-year hiatus from the team. Since 2010, when he started playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Green has become one of the best three-and-D players in the league, with a career 3-point percentage of just under 40%.
The former 46th pick in the 09 Draft is not only a former All-Defensive player for the Spurs, but is also a three-time NBA Champion, winning one with the Spurs in 2014, then in Toronto in 2019, and finally with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.
Now Green is back in Cleveland where his career began and it made us wonder; what other former Cavaliers draftees do we wish had another shot with the Cavs? We came up with a few names, more than a few, but these three specifically, that we thought would make a nice list. There are more, and there may be a follow-up to this down the line, but for now, we’re just focusing on the three that may be the most beneficial to have had long-term or gotten a second shot with down the road.
So it goes without saying, all three players on this list have not, nor ever returned to the Cavs once they were traded or left in free agency.
When it comes to Jason Kapono, he was the perfect player for another era. At times he was a 50% three-point shooter during his stint with the Miami Heat, and while it wasn’t on the same volume as Steph Curry, that’s still impressive. The Cavs needed that kind of shooting during LeBron James’ first run, so it’s really sad that the Cavs let him go unprotected in the 2004 Charlotte Bobcats expansion draft.